Camden County College Offers new Pathways to Teaching Program

Camden County College is offering a streamlined way for anyone with a bachelor’s degree to become a teacher, no matter what their current occupation or previous field of study. The New Pathways to Teaching in New Jersey Program provides a process for individuals who already have earned a baccalaureate degree with a grade-point average of 2.75 or higher to become a licensed teacher without having to enroll in a traditional teacher-training program.

New Pathways is a partnership with New Jersey City University in cooperation with the state Department of Education, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators and the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. It provides an “alternate route” for those trained in other professions to acquire the qualifications necessary for them to change careers and become educators.

Prospective New Pathways enrollees must earn a passing score on a Praxis II exam in the area in which they intend to teach. They also must complete a 24-hour pre-service teacher education course.

To complete Stage I of the program, they must make application with the New Jersey Department of Education and obtain a certificate of eligibility. To advance into Stage II of the program, students must acquire a promise of employment as a full-time teacher in the area of their certificate of eligibility.

The program takes one year to complete. All classes are offered during evening hours. Sessions for Stage I of the program will begin in late January and again in late June

Further details are available by contacting Sheri Porreca in the Division of Continuing Education by telephone at (856) 874-6004 or via e-mail at